AT&T Communications

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AT&T Communications, LLC
PredecessorsThe long distance division of AT&T Corp.
The DirecTV Group, Inc.
FoundedAugust 1, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-08-01)
HeadquartersWhitacre Tower, ,
United States
Key people
Jeff McElfresh (CEO)
Satellite television
Fixed line telephone
Mobile phone
Digital television
Home security
OTT Services
Network security
RevenueDecrease US$ 144 billion (2018)
Business Wireline
SubsidiariesDirecTV (70%)
AT&T Labs
AT&T Digital Life
AT&T Cybersecurity

AT&T Communications, LLC is a division of AT&T that focuses on mobile phone, broadband, fixed line telephone, home security, network security, and business services. The division houses AT&T Mobility, AT&T Internet, AT&T Phone, AT&T Labs, AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Cybersecurity, and DirecTV. In 2021, DirecTV will be spun off into an independent company in which AT&T will retain a 70% stake, while private equity firm TPG Capital will own 30%.

History and information[edit]

On July 28, 2017, AT&T announced a new AT&T Communications corporate division housing AT&T Mobility, DirecTV, U-verse, AT&T Business, AT&T Intellectual Property, AT&T Labs, Cricket Wireless, AT&T Digital Life, Vyatta, AT&T Adworks, and Technology and Operations Group.[1]

In October 2016, AT&T announced a deal to acquire Time Warner worth $85.4 billion (including assumed Time Warner debt). The proposed deal would give AT&T significant holdings in the media industry; AT&T's competitor Comcast had previously acquired NBCUniversal in a similar bid to increase its media holdings, in concert with its ownership of television and internet providers. If approved by federal regulators, the merger would bring Time Warner's properties under the same umbrella as AT&T's telecommunication holdings, including satellite provider DirecTV.[2][3] [4]

By the end of July, the company announced that, effective August 1, a new structure was created before the acquisition would close. This structure has John Donovan take the title of CEO of the new AT&T Communications, LLC subsidiary division (incorporated that same day after a dividend payout). AT&T named John Stankey to run Time Warner media businesses and John Donovan as CEO of AT&T Communications ahead of the Time Warner acquisition.[5][6][7] In November 2017, the U.S. Justice Department said it was moving to sue to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger.[8] On November 20, 2017, the Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit over the acquisition; Makan Delrahim stated that the deal would "greatly harm American consumers". AT&T asserts that this suit is a "radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent".[9] On December 22, 2017, the merger agreement deadline was extended to June 21, 2018.[10] On June 12, 2018, the AT&T-Time Warner merger was approved by a federal judge.[11] Two days later, AT&T completed the acquisition of Time Warner, and a day later the company was renamed WarnerMedia.

On July 10, 2018, AT&T announced that it would acquire cybersecurity startup AlienVault for an undisclosed amount.[12] The acquisition was completed on August 22, 2018.[13]

Satellite fleet[edit]

AT&T Communications also owns a satellite fleet consisting of 12 currently in geostationary orbit. The fleet is mainly used for their DirecTV satellite television service. The positions of the satellites range from 95 to 119 west.

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  1. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-07-28). "AT&T Confirms John Stankey Will Oversee Time Warner Post-Merger". Variety. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  2. ^ Hagey, Keach; Sharma, Amol; Cimilluca, Dana (October 21, 2016). "AT&T Is in Advanced Talks to Acquire Time Warner". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (October 22, 2016). "AT&T Sets $85.4 Billion Time Warner Deal, CEOs Talks 'Unique' Potential of Combination". Variety. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner for $85.4 billion". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  5. ^ "AT&T Makes Executive Appointments to Prepare for Time Warner Merger Close". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  6. ^ Stelter, Brian (2017-07-28). "AT&T names John Stankey to run Time Warner media businesses". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  7. ^ "John Donovan officially named CEO of AT&T Communications ahead of Time Warner acquisition | FierceWireless". Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  8. ^ Kang, Cecilia; Merced, Michael J. de la (November 20, 2017). "Justice Department Sues to Block AT&T-Time Warner Merger". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Foden, Sara; McLaughlin, David; Moritz, Scott (November 20, 2017). "AT&T Sued by U.S. Seeking to Block Merger With Time Warner". Bloomberg. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  10. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (December 22, 2017). "AT&T, Time Warner Extend Merger Agreement Deadline as Trial Looms". Variety. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Johnson, Ted (June 12, 2018). "AT&T-Time Warner Merger Approved". Variety. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "AT&T to buy cybersecurity firm AlienVault". Reuters. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  13. ^ "AT&T Completes Acquisition of AlienVault". AlienVault Press Release. August 22, 2018.

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